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Privacy Policy



The protection of personal data is important to us. For this reason, this website is operated in accordance with applicable law on data protection and data security. In particular this concerns the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Bundesdatenschutzgesetz (BDSG) and the Telemediengesetz (TMG). We collect, process and use personal data for a number of purposes, in particular, to provide you on this website with content and services of interest.


By using this Website, you consent to the collection and use of the information as described here. If we decide to make changes to this Privacy Statement, we will post the changes on this site so that you will always know what information we collect, and how we use it.

From time to time, as may be required by applicable law, we may also seek your explicit consent to process certain data and information collected on this website or volunteered by you.

Collection and use of personal information

To provide a good service, we collect personal information using common Internet technologies and through requests to you for information.

When you visit our web site, we may record your IP address and use cookies and other Internet technologies to gather general information about our visitors and their interests.

We may further collect and process any information and data that you volunteer to us, e.g. when you register for events, use a contact form, subscribe to newsletters, participate in online surveys, discussion groups or forums.

IP addresses

We use IP addresses to help diagnose problems, to administer our website, and to gather statistical information. We may also use IP addresses or other information you have shared on this website or at any earlier occasion, to determine which pages on our sites are being visited and topics that may be of interest so we can provide you with relevant information.

We do not track or collect personal information from your visits to websites of other companies or entities.

Automated tools

In addition to IP addresses and the information you provide, we may also collect information during your visit to our website through automated tools, which include Web beacons, cookies, embedded Web links, and other commonly used information-gathering tools. These tools collect certain standard information that your browser sends to our website such as your browser type and language, access times, and the address of the website from which you arrived at our website. Using these tools, we are also able to confirm receipt of e-mails and can track other information such as pages visited on our website and whether or not the recipient registers for an event.


We use cookies to deliver personalized content, to save you having to re-enter your password repeatedly, and to tailor our information offerings to how you and others use the site.

You can use our website without cookies. This may lead to certain content not being displayed correctly and certain functionalities not behaving in the expected manner.

Contact forms and event registration

Our site includes forms that you can fill in to request information or contact us for other purposes. Forms may also be used to register for events. Data will be used for the purpose clear from the form and it may be necessary to transfer data to third parties to fulfill that purpose.


We are committed to protecting the personal data you share with us. We use a combination of industry-standard security technologies, procedures, and organizational measures to help protect your personal data from unauthorized access, use or disclosure. Measures include secure server technology. Security arrangements and facilities are in place to prevent abuse.

Social Media

Our website offers Social Media Buttons which support interaction with various social media services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Google+). Any such social media service will only receive information from you directly and only if you choose to click on the respective button.

To find out how a social media service collects and uses data, please refer to their website.

Links to other sites

This site may contain links to other sites. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of websites of third parties.

Questions and exercising user rights

If you have questions concerning data protection on this website, require information about the data being stored about you, wish to correct data, object to data being processed, withdraw consent or restrict data use, please contact us at Oxfordstr. 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany.

Processing of personal data and your rights

Personal data are processed by empirica Gesellschaft für Kommunikations- und Technologieforschung mbH whose registered address is Oxfordstr. 2, 53111 Bonn, Germany. The purpose in processing personal data is to reach as many people as may wish to contribute to or learn the results of our research, consultancy and other work. Processing is necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by empirica, in particular for research, consultancy and other work for clients in the public and private sector. The categories of personal data concerned is general personal information such as name, address and e-mail address. The data may be shared with clients and project partners if this is necessary for carrying out our research, consultancy and other work, including such as for event organisation or survey administration. Personal information is never processed for longer than necessary. All general personal data is deleted at the latest when it loses relevance for the purposes of our research, consultancy and other work. You may request access to personal data collected and stored, as well as rectification, restriction or erasure of personal data, and may lodge an objection to processing. You also have the right to data portability and the right to lodge a complaint with a data protection authority. The data we process originate from various sources, including registration and participation in one of our events or in public events organised for example by the European Commission, collaboration in our projects, and from publicly accessible sources such as information provided on the internet. For more detail on the rights of data subjects please refer to information from the European Commission.